Woodpecker pecking at Mt Ash tree bark in row patterns -- how to discourage ?

Asked May 6, 2018, 11:33 AM EDT

we have re-headed Woodpecker pecking at Mt Ash tree bark in row patterns assume for insects -- and thoughts on how to discourage ?

Itasca County Minnesota woodpeckers sapsucker damage

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Although the bird has red on its head, what you have described suggests that it's probably a yellow-bellied sapsucker rather than a red-headed woodpecker.

Sapsucker:
https://goo.gl/images/Js7Cxo

Red-headed woodpecker:
https://goo.gl/images/T1tyL5

This bulletin recommends some ways to discourage sapsuckers:
http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/G3117.PDF